- THE STRAITS TIMES - Feb 10, 2021 -
S'pore meeting will come as world readies for reset
Critical global issues such as climate change, job reskilling and food security will be up for discussion when the World Economic Forum (WEF) meets in Singapore later this year, the first time its key stakeholders will meet in person since the Covid-19 pandemic began early last year.
The meeting, set to take place from Aug 17 to 20, comes as the world is preparing for a reset in the aftermath of the pandemic. The focus of discussions will also be on continuing efforts to fight the coronavirus as well as on economic recovery and lessons to be drawn from the pandemic.
These discussions will throw up ideas that might feed into the deliberations that follow at the United Nations General Assembly in September, the summit of the G-20 (Group of 20) heads of state and government in Rome in October, and the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference that will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, in November.
These were the views of Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF, who was in Singapore on a short visit. He was speaking in an exclusive interview with The Straits Times.
Hosting the meeting in Singapore is a reflection of the growing importance of Asean, he said.
"When we look at the power centres in the world, we usually speak, rightly so, about China and the US, maybe Europe, but actually the Asean region is fundamentally the fastest-growing region in the world.